When watching a movie, it is important to be comfortable so that you can really immerse yourself in the experience that is the cinema. Apart from the air conditioning, the tickets, and the buckets of popcorn and drinks, where you sit also determines your cinema experience.
For some people, the back rows are the best because of the wider view and there is no need to worry about people distracting you from behind. Others prefer the middle rows, claiming it is the ideal distance from the screen and has easy access to the stairs or exit.
When it comes to the front row, however, not everyone is a big fan.
The Struggles of Front and Center
The front seats in the theater offer a better view if you are watching an onstage production. You see the actors better and you get the entire feel of each act. For movies, on the other hand, it’s a different experience.
Most movie goers avoid the front rows because they feel as if they are “…being swallowed by the film”. The small distance has them pressed up against the screen, which results in constant head wobbling and neck craning to catch the action. In their opinion, the discomfort affects their movie experience.
While some consider it the worst seat in the house, movie critic Roger Ebert begs to differ.
The Front Row: Film Critic’s Preference
According to the renowned movie critic, the eye workout is perfect, especially if you want to notice all aspects of the film. Scanning the frame and turning your head every now and then adds to the thrill of movie watching.
Apart from the good view, the front row offers a number of advantages. For example, latecomers are the least of your problems and nobody’s head looms in front of you. If you’re looking for leg room, the front row offers more space, making it easier to stretch out for a snooze. And if you want to leave, you can sneak out without disturbing others.
The next time you’re watching a film, go for something different. Sit in the front for bigger explosions, larger characters, and stronger characters. Immerse yourself in the action by going front and center.